Beyond the Cake Smash – Carlsbad, CA Family Photographer
The one year mark celebrates a couple of things in my mind. Of course you are celebrating your sweet baby’s first year of life and stare in amazement as you went from this little less than 10 pound human (normally!) to this little person now crawling or walking and eating solid foods. In my opinion you are also celebrating your year of survival as parents! Yes those sweet babies smell amazing and are a true miracle, but my goodness is there sleep deprivation, anxiety ridden moments and days of wondering when you showered and ate last. It’s an incredible time and should be documented for sure.
The celebration of that first year almost always includes cake. Once upon a time I used to do cake smash sessions. I didn’t hate them, but they were never my favorite I have to be honest! This year I have photographed a few 11-13 month olds and my favorite is just seeing them with their parents, whether they are the first baby or 4th. In just a year you learn so much about this little person and create such a bond with them and to me that’s what I love photographing; you as a family of 3, 4, 5 or more.
I was so excited when Emily contacted me for this milestone session with her sweet little man! We headed over to Swami’s Beach in Encinitas on a warm September evening to do just that – celebrate Theodore. He wasn’t so sure about it, but warmed up as soon as we hit the tidepools and I’m fairly certain he could have stayed there all night if we let him!
And it’s never a complete session with me if we don’t get some mama and dad only photos. I mean that’s where the family began and that needs to be celebrated too!
Thank you so much Emily! I loved documenting this milestone for you all!
Christa Paustenbaugh Photography | Family, Lifestyle, Newborn, Fresh 48, Senior Photographer | Carlsbad & San Diego, CA